chapter  9
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Family and Household Support

One of the ongoing interests of scholars in the United States since the late 1960's is women's increased participation in permanent full time employment and the organization of motherhood (Parsons, 1951; Epstein, 1988; Hochschild, 1989; Lorber, 1994).1 The ability to sustain multiple roles and to benefit from diverse experiences is one of the liberating but challenging aspects of contemporary working women's lives (Crosby, 1987, 1993; Coser, 1991; Epstein, 1987, 1997).2 Middle class women who own businesses in New Jersey may also encounter a range of social stresses and uncertainties over the courses of their lives, including debt, divorce, downsizing, single headed households, co-habitation, and remarriage.